BREXIT THE TRAGICOMEDY starring Johnson, the Emperor with no Mandate

15 December 2019 — theplanningmotivedotcom

[I think this is an important piece of analysis, as far as it goes. WB]

brexit-the-tragicomedy-pdf

In times of great disappointment and crisis, it is important to keep a level head, to analyse the situation coolly and calmly, and most importantly to extend one’s intellectual vision beyond the immediate. Johnson, the Tories and the media are all rejoicing in what they consider to be a resounding victory. Clearly, the capitalist class and their media united, that is as far as the façade of democracy would allow, around the narrative, that it would be better to have a hard Brexit than a Corbyn led government. Faced with the choice between a Brexit that would damage the economy, and an aroused and inspired working class, they obviously chose the former.

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Get Brexit done!

13 December 2019 — Michael Roberts Blog

That was the campaign slogan of the incumbent Conservative government under PM Boris Johnson.  And it was the message that won over a sufficient number of those Labour voters who had voted to the leave the EU in 2016 to back the Conservatives.  One-third of Labour voters in the 2017 election wanted to leave the EU, mainly in the midlands and north of England, and in the small towns and communities that have few immigrants.  They have accepted the claim that their poorer living conditions and public services were due to the EU, immigration and the ‘elite’ of the London and the south.

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The Incredible Disappearing Farage, and Other Electoral Oddities

6 November 2019 — Craig Murray

For a decade Nigel Farage has been flung into our living rooms continually by the BBC. Even when UKIP barely registered a blip in the opinion polls, he was a regular on Question Time and the other news, current affairs and politics programme. Farage’s celebrity was a BBC creation. He served an important purpose. At a time when the wealth gap was growing exponentially, and working conditions and real incomes of ordinary people were deteriorating sharply, Farage helped amplify the Establishment message that the cause of these problems was not the burgeoning class of billionaires sucking up the world’s resources, but rather the poor immigrants also scratching to make a living.

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Brexit/Election News Links 3 November 2019

3 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

General election 2019: Nigel Farage will not stand as candidate
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50280848

Election – One million under 45s register to vote in one month
https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/election-one-million-register-to-vote-in-one-month/

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UK Election – One million under 45s register to vote in one month

3 November 2019 — True Publica

TruePublica Editor: Bad news for Boris Johnson keeps piling up as election campaigning is in now full swing.

First up and quite serious for all sorts of reasons is the news that evidence that could lead to criminal charges against the pro-Brexit campaign led by Boris Johnson and his key adviser, Dominic Cummings, has now been passed by police to the criminal prosecution authorities. This is significant because the police would not have submitted evidence if it thought it could not bring and win a case like this. Is this a political move to get back at the Tories for slashing 20,000 police officers and politicising the force over the last decade? Maybe, maybe not.

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Johnson and Cummings – Police hand criminal evidence to prosecution agency over Brexit campaign

2 November 2019 — openDemocracy

Johnson and Cummings - Police hand criminal evidence to prosecution agency over Brexit campaign

By James Cusick: Evidence that could lead to criminal charges against the pro-Brexit campaign led by Boris Johnson and his key adviser, Dominic Cummings, has now been passed by police to the criminal prosecution authorities, openDemocracy has learned.

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UK: Johnson set to win vote to hold December general election

29 October 2019 — WSWS

By Robert Stevens

MPs voted last night to reject Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s motion to call a snap general election on December 12. Johnson won the vote by 299 to 70 but the Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA) requires that general elections can only be called with the votes of two thirds (434) of MPs.

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European Union delays Brexit extension decision as Corbyn tries to avoid general election By Robert Stevens

26 October 2019 — WSWS

The European Union (EU) has formally agreed to grant an extension to Brexit but is holding off on how long it should be. Ambassadors for the 27 member states met for two hours Friday. Due to divisions and given the stalemate in the British parliament, they said a final decision would be made early next week.

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The US/UK trade deal is truly frightening – here’s what’s coming

22 October 2019 — True Publica

The US/UK trade deal is truly frightening - here's what's coming

By TruePublica Editor: In the magical illusions of the smoke and mirrors ideology behind Brexit, we should be acutely aware of what a trade deal with America means. In our article this week – The MAGA Agenda – it seems that among those on the radical right – the government, their acolytes and corporate donors – there is a widely held belief that a favourable trade deal can easily be negotiated with the United States. But this belief flies in the face of historical evidence as the US has proved on more than one occasion to be a ruthless and exploitative (so-called) partner where its own economic interests are involved. It is naive to think that America will be a cooperative and fair ally or partner in the common interest – it won’t. And being a sycophant of Trump’s America – with his MAGA agenda will prove to be the final nail in Britain’s coffin.

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